Led by Dr. Jonathan Lovell, Director, and a site governance team made up of associate directors, a program manager, and administrative assistants, the San Jose Area Writing Project (SJAWP) runs school-year and summer programs/ on the teaching of writing, along with school-year and summer writing programs for 3rd to 12th grade students.
The SJAWP is a California Subject Matter Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project and the California Writing Project. We are a non-profit organization of, by, and for teachers dedicated to improving the teaching and uses of writing at all grade levels (K-16) and in all disciplines.
Working from the belief that when teachers gather to write and learn, expertise arises among them, SJAWP offers a 3-week Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) in July in which teachers participate in demonstrations of promising practices, hone their writing skills, and discuss latest professional books on related topics.
Participants in the ISI become Teacher Consultants (TCs). Teacher consultants are paid to lead professional development and work through SJAWP with schools to improve student writing. By coaching teachers, analyzing student work, and modeling teaching practices, our TCs work hand-in-hand with teachers.
SJAWP teacher consultants also lead the programs for teachers and students; Saturday Seminars, Summer Open Programs, as well as Student Summer Writing camps, workshops and institutes.
SJAWP maintains that significant change happens over time rather than through single “one-shot” inservice programs. In addition to workshops for pre- and in-service teachers that are run on the SJSU campus, SJAWP works with schools, administrators, district offices, and other professional development coordinators to bring training to school sites throughout Santa Clara County.